Staff Application/Positions



Thank you for your interest in working at Mountain Camp Woodside. Below are descriptions of the positions and compensation we have at camp. Depending on the hiring process, these positions may or may not be open. The titles below are the “positions” that you will need to choose when you complete the online application. Please email Mike at, if you have any questions. 

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New Counselor 
If you have never worked at Mountain Camp Woodside before, this is for you!  Counselors are responsible for the care and supervision of the campers in all aspects of the program.  Depending on the period of the day, counselors will lead their dorm/day group, lead activities, or execute special parts of the program.  They build positive relationships with campers and serve as role models and authority figures.

  • Day Counselor- Day counselors are counselors that work from 8:30-6pm Monday-Friday.  They need to live within driving distance of camp and be able to commute to work.  
  • Cub Counselors- We hire a number of Day Counselors to specifically work in our Cub Program, working with our 5-6-year-olds. Information about Cub Camp program can be found here
  • Resident Counselor- Resident Counselors sleep overnight in the dorms and work Sunday-Saturday.  

Returning Counselor 
If you have worked at Mountain Camp before, this is for you!  Returning Counselors have the same job description as new counselors, but also serve as mentors to first-time staff and have the opportunity to apply for more responsibility by seeking either a Coordinator, Head Counselor or Specialist role.

Head Counselor 
(Must be a returning counselor) The Head Counselors are the primary support system for counselors and are responsible for providing supervision, guidance, structure and support as needed.  They are the primary contact for counselors concerning issues with campers/dorms (i.e. homesickness, bullying, etc.), coworker dynamics, or personal needs.  They generally oversee their respective sides of camp and ensure that counselors are able to excel at their jobs.  Head Counselors communicate with Program Directors regarding issues with counselors and campers.


The Coordinators are in charge of their respective age group (Cubs, Blazers, Trackers, Alpiners).  Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to: activity schedules, Wednesday schedules, kid groups, counselor groups, all camp activities, counselor evaluations, making sure supplies are ready, changeovers, gizmo/lunch, shoutouts, morning meetings, checking activities, checking group times, clean-up, and weekly meetings with the Program Director.  In addition, the Coordinator will take on another smaller role, such as Resident Camp Specialist.  


Specialists have a wide variety of responsibilities and tasks that assist the program in crucial areas.  In addition to the major roles listed below, other tasks may include, but are not limited to: assisting with Evening Program set up and clean up, leading Night Life activities for cabins after Evening Program, eating meals with specific age/gender cabins, assisting counselors with camper and cabin issues both directly and indirectly, and other small tasks that keep camp clean, safe, and running smoothly.  The daily and weekly schedules of the Specialists can differ from cabin counselors.

Most, but not all, of the roles below can be done by either Coordinators or Specialists.  Please read the descriptions below for more information.  When applying, please refer to the specific role(s) you are interested in, in addition to whether you’d like to be a Coordinator or Specialist.

Evening Program/Weekend Specialist (EP)- There will be two (2) people in this position. The EP Specialists will work with the Program Director to plan the Evening Programs throughout the summer.  This includes, but is not limited to: set-up, finding new ideas, helping announce at dinner, ordering supplies, posting sheets in the dorms, sometimes leading/MC'ing, clean-up, and communicating with counselors on what their role is. They will also be in charge of the weekends, from Saturday at 10am-Sunday at 3pm.  For TGIS, they will be running the entire day, including activities, EP, and night-life.  For Saturday morning, they will be in charge of assigning work projects and planning activities for the kids.

Resident Camp Specialist- This person’s responsibilities is, but not limited to resident counselor weekly schedules.

Camp Store Specialist- The Store Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: schedule for kids to come to camp store, talking with parents about the store at check-in, keeping track of inventory, Monday t-shirt distribution and setting up the store for Friday Parents’ Nights. This person will report to the Admin Director.

Alpiner Specialist- The Alpiner Specialist’s role includes, but is not limited to, assisting the Alpiner Coordinator in things such as all camp activity and Color Wars, running Alpiner Program after EP, and sleeping out on the Tennis Courts each Friday and be in charge of that activity.  They will communicate with the Alpiner Coordinator and Program Director. 

CIT Specialist- The CIT specialist will oversee and implement the CIT Program.  They will also be an Alpiner Counselor.  Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to spending the morning with the CITs doing projects, CIT training (during camp) creating activities for CITs to do together, creating CIT schedules, and coming up with ways CITs can help make camp better.

Photo/Slideshow Specialist- This position will be in charge of taking all group photos, ordering photos, organizing photos from summer for marketing, and putting together the weekly slide show.  

Social Media Specialist- The specialist’s responsibilities include but are not limited to: managing Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, uploading videos from movie making and Parent’s Night, and creating fun videos and stories to help with camps outreach and branding.

Pool Specialist- The pool specialist will be in charge of training lifeguards during staff training and will be in charge of scheduling and training for swim lessons throughout the summer.  

AM/PM Care Specialist: This person will be responsible for the planning of AM Care and PM care.  They will print name tags, sit with kids, and interact with parents during drop-off and pick-up at the dining hall.

Mountain Bike Specialist- The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: cleaning, repairing and maintaining all bikes, organizing the bike area, learning and being knowledgeable about existing mountain bike trails and looking for new trails, implementing a safe bike test and to coordinate ordering of supplies with Program Director. There will be one mountain bike specilist for each age group.

Other Support Positions

Operations Manager- The operations specialist will be part of the office staff. Must be 21 years old and have a clean driving record. The job will be mostly behind the scenes work, setting up and organizing camp for the enjoyment of the campers. This Specialist will also assist directors and counselors by making sure the staff have supplies they need and assist them in making sure that campers’ needs are taken care of. While this job is demanding and sometimes underappreciated, it is essential to the success of the camp. It is an opportunity to learn about what goes into making a business run and gain valuable experience in an office setting. More information can be found here.


Office Specialist- The camp office specialist will be part of the camp management staff. The job will be mostly behind the scenes work, helping with camper paperwork, interacting with parents, lunch duty, organizing driving schedules, driving to Horseback Riding and managing camper mail. This Specialist will also assist directors and counselors by making sure that the campers’ needs are taken care of. While this job is demanding and sometimes underappreciated, it is essential to the success of the camp. It is an opportunity to learn about what goes into making a business run and gain valuable experience in an office setting. More information can be found here

Camp Nurse- The camp will hire 2-4 RN's for the summer.  They can either live on site or commute.  Information about being a camp nurse can be found here



The following is an outline of our pay scale for summer staff. The pay scale is our way of making salaries consistent for the entire staff. However, if you have unique qualifications not stated in the outline, please contact our office to discuss your situation.

Title Base Salary per Week Minimum Qualifications
Overnight Camp Counselor $340 19 years old or at least one year of college completed
Day Camp Counselor $450

18 years old or high school graduate

Overnight Head Counselor $390

21 years old, returning staff member

Day Head Counselor $500

21 years old, returning staff member

Age Group Coordinator $425 21 years old

Additions to base salary (per week) are made for the following situations:

Over 21 years old $10.00 (per wk)
Returning Counselor $20.00 (per wk)
Wilderness First Responder or EMT $20.00 (per wk)
Wilderness First Aid $10.00 (per wk)
Red Cross Lifeguard Certification $20.00 (per wk)
College Graduate $20.00 (per wk)
Activity Coordinator $20.00 (per wk)
Full-time head teaching experience (3 yr. max) $20.00 (per wk)
ACA or equivalent activity certification ($50 max) $10.00 (per wk)
 Specialist $20.00 (per wk)

**ALL staff MUST be 1st Aid and CPR Certified.

We look forward to reading your application and will contact you if you are selected for an interview. In the interim, if you should have any questions or require additional information please contact Mike,